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Jada Pinkett Smith Hopes Will Smith, Chris Rock Have “Opportunity to Heal” and “Reconcile” After Oscars

Ahead of premiering Wednesday’s Red Table Talk discussion on alopecia, Jada Pinkett Smith briefly addressed the Oscars incident between husband Will Smith and Chris Rock. “This is a really important Red Table Talk on alopecia. Considering what I’ve been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me […]

Red Table Talk Promises Discussion of Will Smith Oscar’s Incident “When the Time Calls”

Red Table Talk is planning to address the Will Smith-Chris Rock Oscars incident — just not yet. In a message at the top of Wednesday’s pre-taped episode of the Emmy-winning Facebook Watch series, hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield, the show confirmed that Smith slapping Chris Rock […]

Critic’s Notebook: Chris Rock Kicks Off Comedy Tour With Uncharacteristic Vulnerability

In his first public appearance since Sunday's Oscar ceremony, the comedian bares his soul — but not about the topic on everyone's mind.

Chris Rock Stand-Up Ticket Sales Soar as Comic Remains Mum on Oscars Slap

Tickets sales for Chris Rock’s stand-up comedy tour have skyrocketed in the 48 hours since the star was slapped by Will Smith during the Oscars on Sunday. StubHub, the ticket exchange and resale company, said it experienced more than 25 times the daily sales each of the past two days than occurred last month for […]

Critic’s Notebook: Behind Will Smith’s Slap, Black Pain and Enough Blame to Go Around

The foolishness and violence of the Oscar winner’s act — and of Chris Rock’s cruel joke — were undeniable, but the broader context and roots of such behavior merit reflection.

Bruce Vilanch Compares Will Smith Oscar Slap to 1954’s ‘A Star Is Born’

As the head writer for every Academy Awards ceremony between 2000 and 2014, no one knows more about how a joke can live or die on the Oscars stage than Bruce Vilanch. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the legendary quip-writer, 73, to get his take on Will Smith’s instantly infamous slapping of guest presenter […]

Howard Stern Lambastes Will Smith and Academy Inaction Over Chris Rock Oscars Slap

Howard Stern wasted little time on his radio show Monday before tearing into Will Smith and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over Smith slapping Chris Rock live on TV during the Oscars. Smith walked onstage Sunday evening after a joke from Rock about SMiths wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and slapped the comic […]

Oscars: Will Smith Holds Court at Vanity Fair Party After Chris Rock Slap: “It’s Been a Beautiful Night”

Oscar winner Will Smith took a victory lap at the Vanity Fair Oscar party after Sunday’s awards ceremony, dancing to his own hits as wife Jada Pinkett Smith cheered him on and telling The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s been a beautiful night.” Smith seemed unbothered by the drama that happened on the Oscar stage earlier Sunday […]

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Takes Full Control of German Group Telepool

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc. has taken full control of the German licensing and distribution company Telepool, buying out the 50 percent stake in the Munich-based group previously owned by Swiss backer Elysian Invest. Telepool will be brought under Westbrook’s new Westbrook International banner. Telepool CEO Jan Frouman has been named president […]

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc. Sells Minority Stake to Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer’s Candle Media

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ media company has acquired a minority stake in Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc., the companies said on Tuesday. The Westbrook sale marks the fourth high-profile deal for Candle Media, Mayer and Staggs’ previously unnamed media venture backed by Blackstone. Mayer and Staggs had been in conversations with Westbrook […]

Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, ‘WILL’ Book Club Team With Oprah to Launch Reading Groups

Will and Jada-Pinkett Smith’s Family Foundation and the WILL Book Club are joining forces with the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation to encourage heartfelt conversations centered on the themes in Smith’s recent memoir. The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively announce that the WILL Book Club (WBC), an initiative of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF), […]

Lana Wachowski Delivers Heartfelt Speech About Power of Cinema at ‘Matrix Resurrections’ Premiere: “Movie Theaters Have Sustained Me”

Rolling out the green carpet in San Francisco for a world premiere of The Matrix Resurrections may have seemed an obvious choice because portions of the film were shot in and around the Bay Area, but for filmmaker Lana Wachowski, the decision was personal. “I love San Francisco. I love this theater,” the director told […]